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Who Is Potential Hawk Etan Thomas?

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With the Hawks rumored to be thinking about signing free agent center Etan Thomas, let's take a quick look at who this guy really is. 

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Thomas played collegiate ball at Syracuse University and was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year in 2000.   Thomas was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks with the overall 12th pick in the 2000 draft, just four spots behind our own Jamal Crawford.  And since the NBA draft is a calculated science, we know that Etan must be almost as good as Jamal Crawford!  Right? 

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Well, before playing a game with the Mavericks, Thomas was traded to the Washington Wizards.  Thomas wore the big magical hat for seven seasons before ending up in Oklahoma City last season.  The 32 year old has averaged 5.8 points and 4.8 rebounds a game over his career, but was down to 3.3 points and 2.8 boards a game last year in 23 games.  Although his offensive numbers are far from spectacular (or even mediocre), maybe he still has some of that Big East award winning defense left in him.

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Most importantly, Etan Thomas is More Than an Athelete.  That's right, Thomas is not just another jock, he is a free-thinking, truth-telling, powerful, politically charged poet.  All six of the Amazon.com reviews of his book of poems are positive!  If you aren't getting your fill of Bushbashing these days, it seems you might want to pick up Etan's book.  With Thomas being an artist, I am sure he would jump at the chance to come to Atlanta (where the players play) and hook up with a Dirty South producer and transform from a poet into the next Immortal Technique.  Just because Shaq didn't become a Hawk, doesn't mean our dream of having a rapper on the team has to end. 

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Speaking of Hawks' music related topics, when will Atlanta's Air Force return? 

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